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IBM Cloud® Object Storage lets you build a centralized data repository for nearly unlimited amounts of data. Data remains in its native format and doesn’t need to be moved in and out of IBM Cloud Object Storage; rather, the IBM Cloud Object Storage–based data lake is the persistent data store for analytics.

What you can do
Migrate data

Free up space on expensive Hadoop clusters by efficiently migrating large amounts of data from Hadoop to IBM Cloud Object Storage.

Query data in place

Use an active workspace for a range of big data analytics use cases with query-in-place functionality that lets you run analytics directly on your data at rest.

Use Apache Spark analytics

Get a low-cost, scalable persistent storage layer for analytics with optimized connectivity to Apache Spark.

Store training models

Accelerate machine and deep learning workflows required to infuse AI into your business. Build and train AI models, and prepare and analyze data, in a single, integrated environment.

Build and analyze pipelines

Store massive amounts of IoT data at low cost and allow analytics frameworks to access the data directly. Easily set up and manage data pipelines to generate analytics-ready data.

Features Readily move data from HDFS clusters

IBM Big Replicate frees up space on Hadoop clusters by efficiently moving data between Hadoop data clusters to IBM Cloud Object Storage, offering continuous replication with data consistency.

Query data in place

IBM Cloud Data Engine is a fully managed service that lets developers analyze and transform data stored across multiple files in various formats using ANSI SQL statements.

Perform Apache Spark analytics

IBM Cloud Object Storage offers optimized connectivity to Apache Spark services to store data from multiple sources. Decouple the tiers to store data in an object storage layer and spin up clusters.

Store data for machine learning workflows

IBM Watson® Studio is a hybrid cloud platform built on open source and IBM tools to analyze data and use it to build and deploy AI models.

Perform intelligent data discovery

IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog helps you govern data once it's in IBM Cloud Object Storage using data profilers that segment and protect data to allow for better governance.

Easily build and analyze IoT data pipelines

IBM Cloud® provides services based on Apache Kafka and Apache Spark, including IBM Events Streams and Spark as a service. Pipelines from IBM Event Streams to object storage can be set up and managed.

Gain easy data collection and ingestion

IBM offers a variety of ways to get your data into IBM Cloud Object Storage, including natively integrated IBM® Aspera® high-speed data transfer capabilities for quick data transfer over the network.

Use cost-effective, flexible storage

Organizations can build a centralized data repository to experience cost-effective and scalable storage, collecting and storing virtually unlimited amounts of data of any type, from any source.

Become always available

IBM Cloud Object Storage is designed to deliver 99.999999999% durability based on IBM internal data. Patented technology helps encrypt data and distributed it across multiple devices in IBM data center facilities.

Access security-rich encryption

Automatic server-side encryption helps you secure data. You can also get encryption options with keys managed by IBM Key Protect key management system, or encryption with keys that you manage.

Case studies Skåne University Hospital

This Swedish hospital used IBM Cloud Object Storage to gather and retain as much surgical information as possible.


This Hungarian development team created a wearable ECG device to store and analyze data in the IBM Cloud.


This health tech company used IBM Cloud to help in-care people live at home longer (02:50).

Related use cases Backup and recovery

When replacing tape processes, streamlining backup operations and simplifying archival processes, gain durable, security-rich and cost-effective cloud storage; cloud-native capabilities; and an automated, application-consistent backup and recovery solution.

Data archiving

Tiering capabilities, file gateway partners and an ecosystem of integrated partner solutions make it easier to move and archive data. Realize cost savings related to reducing IT infrastructure and operational costs and help make out-of-reach data accessible.

Cloud-native app data storage

Ideal for large amounts of unstructured data, our elastic scale infrastructure offers distributed, API-accessible storage with simple integration in the IBM Cloud to make it easy for developers to quickly integrate cloud-native applications, and flow and update application components.

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Get started with 25 GB of storage per month for free or check which pricing options will match your business needs.

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